Booking a holiday cottage in the Welsh coastal county of Glamorgan allows visitors to choose from the majesty of Cardiff, the capital of Wales, traditional Victorian seaside resorts and the attractive Vale of Glamorgan coastline which has Heritage Status. Alternatively, plan a self-catering break around one of the many international cricket, football or rugby matches held in Glamorgan throughout the year.
Cardiff, sits on the coast and is home to attractions such as the National Museum of Wales, Welsh Millennium Centre and the Millennium Stadium home of the Welsh Rugby Union team and Sophia Gardens, where, within this large riverside park test and county cricket matches can be enjoyed.
Further to the west, is Swansea where visitors can enjoy the Swansea Marina and a promenade overlooking the bay that stretches for miles. Self-catering visitors will also have the opportunity to enjoy Premier League football at The Liberty Stadium, home of Swansea City. Both Cardiff and Swansea bristle with retail outlets and offer enough top-class restaurants to satisfy any foodie.
Ariel is a unique getaway in Nash Point Lighthouse in the Vale of Glamorgan. The pet-friendly cottage sits atop the cliffs on the Heritage Coast and promises spectacular views and a sea breeze, plus a spacious garden, contemporary design, light-filled spaces, seclusion & access to blue flag beaches.
Ascension is a superbly ornate romantic suite inside a Victorian villa, situated in the heart of Cardiff. The décor includes antiques, elegant décor and international souvenirs, and the grand four-poster bed hints at royalty. A bay window captures the view and plush leather sofas invite relaxation.
Porthkerry Country Park lies within Glamorgan and features incredible views of the 220-acre wood and meadowland in a sheltered valley leading to a beach with spectacular towering cliffs. The Country Park includes nature trails, picnic sites, a café, play area, mini-golf and views of the incoming aircraft to Cardiff Airport. Ogmore Castle is another beautiful location nearby with a picturesque ruin and stepping-stones across the River Ogmore. These lead to the pretty thatched village of Merthyr Mawr, which is home to some of Europe’s highest sand dunes.
For rainy periods there is plenty of shopping to do in Glamorgan. The McArthur Glen designer outlet, just of the M4 near Bridgend, has 90 premium brand stores and a multiscreen cinema to keep everyone entertained. When the sun is out, the market town of Cowbridge is packing with chichi boutiques, galleries and cafes. For younger guests, there is a large paintballing site at Task Force Paintballing. Strewn with wood forts and old military parts that is an excellent setting for thrilling paintball matches. The South Wales Karting Centre is also located in Glamorgan and is one of the longest and fastest circuits in the UK.
There are plenty of walks along the coast of Glamorgan, and since the new Wales Coast Path was introduced, you can now walk the entire stretch. The area is well known for its golden beaches and due to its varied coastline is an excellent location for watersports. Glamorgan is also popular with golfers, with 3 golf courses located in Porthcawl alone. For something more relaxing in contrast to the busy towns and cities, the Vale of Glamorgan lies on the coast between Cardiff and Bridgend. The Vale is home to traditional village life such as Llantwit Major, which is full of ancient buildings, and Newcastle Castle, which overlooks the small town of Bridgend.